Jason Burdick Receives NSF CAREER AWARD

February 10, 2009

PHILADELPHIA –- Jason Burdick, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, has received a prestigious NSF CAREER award on his work, "Spatially Controlled Cellular Behavior in 3D Hydrogels: An Integrated Research, Teaching, and Outreach Approach.”  The CAREER award is the NSF’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Burdick earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering form the University of Colorado and was a postdoc at MIT.  His research focuses on the use of a platform of biomaterials and specifically photocrosslinkable and degradable polymers to develop novel therapies for a range on tissue engineering application, including treatment for cartilage, meniscus and cardiac tissues.  These polymeric systems act as carriers for growth factors and/or cells and are applied non-invasively to an injury site to lead to tissue regeneration. These materials also provide a range of signals that can control stem cell behavior, including differentiation.  His newest findings hold the potential to become the preferred next generation therapeutic for patients with cartilage damage.

To read more about Burdick and his research, please visit his bioengineering faculty page.